1 year per level
1 & 2
You will start by learning the very basics of plastering which will include health and safety, tools, equipment and mixing materials. The skills acquired include being able to prepare background surfaces, repair damaged walls, plaster areas and produce finished surfaces using a variety of techniques and materials.
You will study: How to apply plaster materials to internal, straight and angled walls; How to produce plaster components from moulds; How to use various types of access equipment such as step ladders and mobile scaffold, safe working practices, communicating with others; The use of drawings and specifications; and The construction processes of houses and factories.
Level 2 (Progression Only)
You will study: Floating and skimming various background, plaster boarding and skimming ceiling, how to design your own drawing, how to provide estimates, how to create business plans and running a cornice mould and fix into position incorporating external and internal mitres.
The course is mainly practical and will be taught in a purpose built plastering workshop. The underpinning knowledge will be taught in the classroom.
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Multiple Choice Tests
- Online Assessments
- Practical Exams
After Level 1 you can progress to Level 2 Plastering. Alternatively you may seek employment in the industry as an Apprentice. A lot of students are recruited by employers straight from the classroom to a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship during or at the end of their Level 1 course.
There are opportunities to demonstrate your skills and abilities through SkillBuild and other related competitions. You will need your own personal protective equipment including safety boots (you must have these on your first day) and work wear clothing. Although all other tools and equipment are provided you will need to purchase stationery items for use in the classroom.
At Level 1 you need a profile of mainly 2s (Es) at GCSE including maths and English Language. Level 2 is progression from Level 1 only.